How To Clean Your Airpods The Right Way
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To clean AirPods, you’ll need water, alcohol, a cloth, and a fine-edged tool like a toothpick. When cleaning AirPods, be careful not to get water or alcohol inside the earbuds or case.
Why Clean your AirPods?
Cleaning your AirPods can improve audio quality and reduce your contact with germs.
AirPods are probably the most popular earbuds on the market right now, especially for iPhone users. But like all earbuds — and all devices — over time they get dirty, and will need to be cleaned.
Not only do AirPods get clogged up with earwax, but there’s also the grime they accumulate when they’re lost under your car seat. And of course, anything that you touch every day will fill up with germs and grease anyway.
Fortunately, cleaning your AirPods and their case is easy.
To clean your AirPods and their case, you’ll need at least one lint-free cloth, some water, and a fine-edged tool like a toothpick or pin. If there are dirty spots that won’t come out, you might also need some rubbing alcohol.
Best way to clean any AirPods
To clean your AirPods, you’ll need a soft lint-free cleaning cloth — ideally, a microfiber cloth — and a tool with a fine end. The fine-edged tool can be a toothpick, dental floss stick, bobby pin, needle, or another household item. If you don’t want to use something sharp, a cotton swab works too.
First, wipe the outside of the earbuds with the lint-free cloth, lightly dampened with water. Then, use another dry lint-free cloth to dry the earbuds, being careful not to get liquid in any of the openings.
How to clean earwax out of AirPods
To tackle earwax that’s stuck in the earbuds‘ speaker hole, grab your fine-edged tool or dry cotton swab. Carefully dig out the earwax, making sure to focus around the edges of the speaker. If you’re using a sharp object, be careful not to cut yourself or pierce the speaker.
If you have AirPods Pro, you’ll also need to clean the silicone tips that cover each earbud’s speaker.
Remove the silicone tips that cover your AirPods Pro earbuds and rinse them in water. Don’t add soap or any other household cleaner. Wipe them dry with a soft, lint-free cloth, making sure they’re totally dry. Once they’re dry, reattach them to the AirPods.
To remove the tips of an AirPod Pro, pull firmly from the base of the tip, where it’s connected to the earbud. To reattach it, align the tip with the oval-shaped connectors on the earbud’s speakers and firmly push it in. Once you’ve aligned the connectors, it should attach easily with a click.
How to Clean AirPods case
To clean an AirPods case, remove the AirPods and use a dry lint-free cloth to wipe the outside of the case.
For tougher spots, you can dampen the cloth a bit with alcohol, but be sure to dry the spots afterward. Make sure not to get any moisture inside the case’s AirPod holders or in the charging port. To remove debris from the charging port, use a soft bristle brush.
To clean the inside of the case, use a soft bristle brush or a soft toothbrush — the bristles will help dig dirt out of the nooks and crannies inside of the case.
The Apple Method
Apple recommends you use a “soft, dry, lint-free cloth” to clean your AirPods, and a “dry cotton swab” (or Q-tip) to clean any gunk out of the speaker mesh.
The instructions remind you that AirPods and AirPods Pro aren’t waterproof, (AirPods Pro are merely water-resistant to a certain degree). The reality is a bit different. Gunk gets trapped inside your AirPods and will continue to accumulate against the speaker mesh.
If you usually toss your AirPods in your pocket or a bag, the hinge area will be filthy in a matter of weeks. Both of these areas are hard to clean with just swabs and a cloth.
A hand holding dirty AirPods in their equally dirty case. You might even need to clean deep inside the charging bays of the case because it’s easy for dirt and other gunk to get trapped right down the end.
Like your iPhone or iPad, the lightning port at the bottom of the unit can also become blocked with lint and other debris.
While Apple’s cleaning instructions make it unlikely you’ll damage your AirPods in the process, you won’t be doing a whole lot of cleaning either. Luckily, there are some other methods.
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The earbuds are the most sensitive part of your AirPods, so they require the most care. Avoid applying too much pressure on the speaker mesh. Doing so can just push dirt deeper into the earbud and might even dislodge the speaker mesh entirely.
You can follow Apple’s advice and clean the outside of the earbuds with a soft cloth. If you have any discoloration or stubborn grime, you can dampen the cloth a bit and try again. Don’t forget to clean the sensors, too.
As Apple recommends, try to clean the grill area first with a Q-tip. If this doesn’t do the trick, though, you’ll probably have the most success with a sharp, pointed object, like a toothpick.
Use the tip to gradually scrape the wax and dirt out of the speaker mesh. Again, be careful not to press too hard, but you should be able to get out any crud pretty easily.
You can also use the Blu-tack method to clean your AirPods. To do so, take a piece of Blu-Tack, or a similar reusable adhesive, and warm it up in your hands.
Press the Blu-tack into the earbud speaker mesh, and then pull it out quickly. Repeat this process until you pull all the grime out of your AirPods. Be careful not to push the Blu-tack too far into the earbud, though.
You can also lightly spray a Q-tip with isopropyl alcohol and use it to loosen anything that might be stuck in the speaker mesh. Any surplus alcohol will evaporate in a few minutes.